Courageous Living by Michael Catt {book review}

Courageous Living: Dare to Take a Stand by Michael Catt challenges Christians (especially men) to stand up for what they believe. We have become accustomed to complacency and the status quo, and we need to wake up and start fighting for what we believe. Catt is bold and blunt in his call to live with courage. In the introduction, he says,

“Today we need men with the hearts of a warrior… Men who won’t turn back. We need men who stand up and take responsibility for their role as men.”

Courageous Living: Dare to Take a Stand by Michael Catt

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Courageous Living: Dare to Take a Stand

Using quotes from the movie Courageous and anecdotal stories of great Christian heroes, Catt calls Christians to take a stand on a variety of issues. Through Abraham, we are challenged to have the courage to get going; through Ruth, we are challenged to have the courage to face an uncertain future; through Nehemiah, we are challenge to have the courage to face criticism.

Throughout Scriptures, we see men and women who had the courage to do what God asked of them—to do what was required in their particular time, whether that was the darkness during the time of the Judges or the despair of the deportation to Assyria. Today, Catt says, we need men like that once again.  Men who will stand up for God and make a difference in our world.

“Be strong and courageous,” David said to his son Solomon. “Get to work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the LORD God, my God, is with you. He’ll neither let you down nor leave you before all the work for the service of the LORD’s temple is done.” (1 Chronicles 28:20 CEB).

Most of us have found a comfortable faith. We might have been raised in the church or simply believe in God, but we might be shy about sharing those beliefs in certain circles. I’ve been guilty of that myself on this blog.

Some of you might have been shocked by all the Scripture quoting I’ve done in the last few months. For a few years, I was in a dry place spiritually and it was easier to blog about things other than faith. Recently, thanks to books like this one and the Common English Bible, I’ve found a renewal of my spiritual life. Catt’s book rang a chord in my heart. It’s easy to look around at our world and to gripe about the things that we don’t like, but it takes courage to do something to change those things.

“This is no time to stand still or hesitate when there is so much to be done.  We will find courage in the Word of God and the will of God.  Living the courageous life is being willing to pray, ‘Not my will but God’s be done.'” ~Catt

Catt mentions Courageous Living is his fourth book in three years and sometimes, his writing seemed scattered. He jumped around between points and ideas. Other times, I got annoyed by what seemed like name-dropping. Overall, though, he presents a message that churches across North America need to hear. Like the men in the movie Courageous, we need to stand up for our faith and our families.

“Because of this, I’m reminding you to revive God’s gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.  So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about the Lord or of me, his prisoner. Instead, share the suffering for the good news, depending on God’s power” (2 Timothy 1:6-8 CEB)

More about Michael Catt

Michael Catt is the senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and executive producer of the movies Fireproof and Courageous. He and his wife Terri have been married since 1974 and have two adult daughters. Drop by Michael’s website to learn more about him and his books.

If you liked this book, you may also like The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill.

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